#101 Posted by Demoskinos (16906 posts) -

@rebgav: For me its because Im very dependent on visual stimulation to keep me attentive to something. I used to read books all the time. Hell, I remember one night I stayed up the entire night and read the entirety of White Fang in nearly one go. Anymore though I dunno just doesn't catch my attention. Ironically enough if I get a subject that I have enough to say about I do enjoy writing.

#102 Edited by Rayiner (4 posts) -


#103 Posted by lordgodalming (230 posts) -

@sursh said:

yes, i love books, i love writing and i love games. sci-fi fits into all those accounts.

generic question because i'm curious: favorite author that isn't stephen king?

Hard to choose just one. In fiction I love me some Amy Tan, Kurt Vonnegut, Garth Nix, and Phillip Pullman. On the nonfiction side, Stephen Hawking, Dave Barry, Charles Seife.

#104 Posted by lordgodalming (230 posts) -

@pillclinton: Nonfiction is awesome but you can learn just as much about the world through fiction. Not facts and dates but life lessons and world views. How do you feel about fictional representations of historical events?


#105 Posted by Sergio (2907 posts) -

I read, but I can't really say I'd read a book about a gamer. I didn't like Ready Player One.

#106 Posted by ViciousAnchovy (830 posts) -

I'd read a story about a gamer. In fact, there was some children's story I read (as a child) that had two kids get sucked into a game world. They reached level 6 and got killed by a panther on a bridge. But you should mentioned any of the books based on video games or vice versa to your publisher, like Halo or The Witcher. Outside of that, you could rhetorically ask who they think read fantasy and sci-to (not that those are the only things that interest gamers.

#107 Posted by danimal_furry (1490 posts) -

I love games. I love reading. To expand. I read about 3 books in 2 weeks. It comes from my college time when I had about 3 papers due at a time. It usually annoys the hell out of my friends. The Game of Thrones books have slowed down my progress. But to give a good example, the past two weeks I read a book on the rise of the Roman Empire, the Barbary Wars, and the third ice and fire book (about 3/4). As well I played and beat 4 games (I got tired of The End of Us about halfway through). And I saw 3 movies (Man of Steel wasn't bad and This is the End is funny). And I worked 40 hour weeks. And I played golf every Saturday. And I went to 3 parties. That isn't always typical. Oh and I had two dates (same girl). One was one of the parties that included going to a movie. Sometimes you have to manage with what you can fit into a day.

#108 Edited by Sursh (248 posts) -

@rayiner said:


But mostly I do some Bukowski or webdesign stuff.

yes! bukowski was the first (& only) author to make me laugh at a rape scene. his flippant humour rubbed off on me so well.

#109 Posted by Turtlebird95 (3416 posts) -

I mostly just research things and read online articles nowadays. I've been trying to write a book for like the past two years, so my motivation to read other works has kinda been put on hold.

#110 Edited by lordgodalming (230 posts) -

I'd read a story about a gamer. In fact, there was some children's story I read (as a child) that had two kids get sucked into a game world. They reached level 6 and got killed by a panther on a bridge.

That is the best book summary I have ever read.

But you should mentioned any of the books based on video games or vice versa to your publisher, like Halo or The Witcher.

The Witcher was actually a book before it was ever a game, but I take your point. Unfortunately, dropping franchise names does no good because, well, they are franchises that sell in the millions. People are already invested in the fiction of those worlds. The problem seems to be "new IPs," just like in games. Publishers like sequels very much.

#111 Posted by Scampbell (504 posts) -

Pretty sure gamers reads as much as any other group, and possible more than some.

Isn't this just another myth like the one about the lack of exercise?

#112 Posted by supamon (1339 posts) -

I read a lot as a kid and teen. Not as much as I like now but I always try to squeeze in a couple pages a day if I'm really busy, plus there's all the other types of media, work and social commitments to handle.

#113 Posted by Jaqen_HGhar (1162 posts) -

Oh, hell yeah! Not only do I love to read, I have to read due to my job. I haven't managed to find a good translation for my position in English, but I am the one who manages all the adult fiction and non-fiction books at my bookstore. I don't get to read as much as I'd like though, since games and general computer usage eats a lot of time without me noticing it...
I gave myself a goal to read eight books during my three week holiday (which ends tomorrow) and I managed most of them. That is about 2000 pages. So yeah, I am a reader.

#114 Posted by binhoker (84 posts) -

It sounds to me like your publisher was being polite. The gamers (we'll go with that term shall we) I know tend to read genre junk, if at all. Most bibliophiles I know generally disregard games as spurious and its pretty easy to see why ( ie The walking dead being praised from all corners for its absurd morality fable plot contrivances and manufactured by the half tonne characters). It doesn't help that the standard of criticism of games is shockingly anaemic with regards to storytelling.

#115 Posted by Draugen (821 posts) -

Some are, some aren't. Right? Like the rest of society?

#116 Posted by Azteck (7416 posts) -

I read a lot, especially during summer

#117 Posted by MJHAYLETT (469 posts) -

I've been reading books longer than I have been playing video games (or in any case more consistently). Video games stories are a joke so I don't go to them for my Story needs - I go to novels for that. Put a gun to my head and say pick books or video games and its an easy choice. I would miss video games but hey I read more novels than I play games. That said I don't read novels about video games very much or ever really. My Kindle is my most precious piece of technology.

#118 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (7205 posts) -

Wait, we're not readers? That's news to me. I read something like... 50-70 books a year? I wonder what kind of market research they did to test that?

#119 Edited by SefaRed (130 posts) -

I love reading. Mostly fantasy stuff, nothing serious (apart from the odd foray into Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, most of which went over my head). Big fan of Terry Brooks' Shannara series, and the Jack Reacher books. Just started reading A Song of Ice and Fire, been reading it at work on my iPhone, so it's going to take a while!

#120 Posted by befo72 (47 posts) -

Big reader here as well, fantasy, sci-fi and horror being my favorite genres. I am nearly finished with my second read-through of the Song of Ice and Fire series. Please, Mr. Martin, give me Winds of Winter...I needs it.

#121 Edited by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

I used to but then stopped because reading books is far too time consuming for what little free time I have. I tend to read a lot when I'm on vacation though. But that's an increasingly rarer thing to have happen.

#122 Posted by Anund (1055 posts) -

I love reading, but between gaming and a fulltime job i have to admit I don't do it as much as I would like.

#123 Posted by HerbieBug (4228 posts) -

I am, yes.

#124 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (6392 posts) -

Yes. I love to watch movies and play games, but I especially enjoy sitting back and relaxing with a good book. There's nothing quite like it.

#125 Posted by wrecks (2488 posts) -

I've been gaming, reading and writing my novel for decades. Maybe someday I'll finish the novel.

#126 Posted by Swirle (4 posts) -

I write with most of my free time left over after gaming. That or either sit in my little cocoon of blankets and read for a couple of hours. I also play guitar but haven't been able to touch that for a couple days because still waiting for a new tuner to arrive after the last one took a bit of a spill.